Deep Sky Section


Hi all Deep Sky Section Members,

It's that time again to pack up all your gear and head up to the LMDSS for another fantastic night of visual observing.

I got a bit worried last month when it was completely clouded out until 9 o'clock. I nearly packed the 25 inch away but as it does up at Heathcote, the sky completely cleared up and we had an absolutely ripper night.

There was still quite a few of us left at 3 AM saying "just one more object just one more". 

But seriously, if you don't have a Scope or it's a bit hard to bring it all up with you and you would like to see some objects you have in mind, please bring your list and I will endeavour to put them in the eyepiece of the 25 inch Obsession for you!

I will be on site between 3pm and 4pm on Saturday, 27 May.



Hi all Deep Sky Section Members,

As the director of the Deep Sky Section I invite anyone who is interested in deep sky object observing to join us at the society's LMDSS in Heathcote, with the view of getting a regular group together to meet on a monthly basis.  If you have a telescope, bring it with you and if you don't there will be scopes to view through plus the society's 25-inch Obsession will be in operation.   If you are interested in being part of the group please let me know by emailing me, Paul Gardiner, at or call 0439 374 159, I would also be interested in hearing any suggestions as to what you would like to get out of being a participant in the group. i.e. completing the Messier 100, sketching / recording what I see or how to star hop to a faint fuzzy.

In the Deep Sky section, we are interested in observing objects which can only be seen in all their splendour when the skies are dark, the seeing is stable and transparency is clear.  These objects include a multitude of different shapes and sizes of galaxies, open and globular clusters, planetary nebulae, emission nebulae, reflection nebulae and dark nebulae to name a few.  There are literally millions of observable objects to be viewed depending on the resolving power and light gathering ability of your telescope and the acuteness of your own vision. 

In this section, we aim to provide novice deep sky observers with the ability to learn from experienced observers about how to locate and observe these objects, which eyepieces and filters work best and the resources to get the most out of your observing experience.  For the seasoned observer, the Deep Sky section provides an arena to get together, share information and experiences and imparting knowledge to Astronomers new to the field, but most importantly having a great time doing the thing we love the most, driving our telescopes to their limits.


Next Meeting:     29/4/ 2017

Location:             LMDSS site, Heathcote

Time:                    3.00pm

What to bring:     Telescope and equipment (not essential if you don't own one)

                              Camping chair

                              Warm clothing

                              Camping and sleeping gear (if you are staying at the site)

Don't forget to obtain the gate/clubroom codes for access.